The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise the public that the
Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Severe Weather Alert for Jamaica effective until 5 a.m. on Friday.
Also, an area of Low Pressure associated with a strong Tropical Wave across the Atlantic has developed into
Tropical Storm Elsa (TS Elsa).
It was also reported that by early Sunday morning TS Elsa is expected to be closest to Jamaica’s eastern and
northern coasts and strong winds reaching near tropical storm force are also expected to start developing over
Jamaica late Saturday evening into Sunday.
Fishers on the cays and banks are advised to commence preparations immediately with a view to evacuation
at short notice, due to the fast motion of this system. Sea conditions are expected to deteriorate in the vicinity of showers, thunderstorms and strong gusty winds during the weekend.
As a result, the ODPEM is advising persons in low-lying and flood-prone areas such as St. Mary, Portland, St.
Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester to exhibit caution and be prepared to
move to higher ground as it becomes necessary.